University Foundation Day Celebrations 2022: an uplifting occasion.

I was delighted to accept an invitation from the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor of Manchester University to attend the Foundation Day Celebrations 2022. It was a particularly special occasion because the ceremony included the installation of the new Chancellor, Nazir Afzal OBE.

The Chancellor is the University’s ceremonial head and also one of its most prominent ambassadors.

Foundation Day 2022 manchester University

Foundation Day 2022 was an uplifting experience. Notably, it was a time to reflect on the achievements of students in these difficult times and to hear about the aspirations of the university for the future.

Nazir Afzal delivered powerful words in his speech. It is a time to look forward and I wish him a successful and enjoyable 7 years in the role.

Thank you to Manchester University.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 12/10/22

Jubilee, Tree Time and right on cue. A little poem…


Extra free time.
It’s tree time.
At teatime,
A bit of family and me time.
©Julie Charlesworth, 2022

Why not ‘plant a tree for the Jubilee’?

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 29/5/22

[On cue* – a collage of snapshots I took of Trees in Kew Gardens a few years back and included in a post here in 2017. Must go again soon!]
*pun intended 😊

A season for new beginnings.

It is a season for new beginnings and here again this year, our little feathered friends have returned to nest in the bird house. Meanwhile, the garden is bright with the vibrant colours of rhododendrons 😊.

Garden birds and flowers

[I took the bird snapshot after waiting patiently at a distance from inside the garden room of my ‘human’ house – so as not to disturb these regular visitors. They seem happy to return to the simple, safe accommodation we provided.]

I am feeling appreciative of some of the simple joys of nature close to home.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 22/5/22

Happy International Clinical Trials Day!

It is International Clinical Trials Day – so just a few words to say there is much to celebrate in this area, particularly today! Thinking about the achievements resulting from clinical research.

– Thankful to all the people involved in clinical trials, particularly participants.

– Appreciating the dedicated work of professionals conducting and monitoring clinical trials; people researching new methods; researchers collaborating internationally.

– Pausing to reflect on the value of international clinical trials past and present.

Thinking about the future…

In the fields of clinical trial design, conduct, and reporting – we should celebrate the good and be critical of the bad/flawed. We need to continually seek to improve efficiency and standards.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 20/5/22

[This date in May is chosen because it also ‘commemorates the day when James Lind started his famous clinical trial on scurvy in 1747, May 20th, and laid the foundation for modern clinical research.’]

MedComms, international medical publication professionals and medical writers.

Great to see MedComms, international medical publication professionals and medical writers engaging within their communities in conversations and discussions on what there is to be learned from the covid pandemic years. People have been working very hard in these fields. There is also much work to be done!

We should look positively to the future. Time to get on with making it a better future.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 12/5/22

[Link to message early in the pandemic]

Proud of my registered company name and logo.

A Tree of Life Sciences®. I am proud of my registered company name and logo which I protect whenever necessary.

Logo | A Tree of Life Sciences Ltd
Through these themes I can continue to contribute to my mission to Inform, Improve and Inspire particularly in Life Sciences and health research; but also, in life and sciences more generally. My communications include papers, post, and poems.

Transcending borders and boundaries in subject and scope.

Global, national, and local projects or perspectives.

Project consultancy and communications. Life Sciences, Clinical and Health Research.

What a great time to be involved in research and communications!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 30/4/22

[Serious with a creative flair. There is also a distinctive business card for A Tree of Life Sciences® which has been in circulation internationally and locally for many years. It continues to uniquely capture the essence of my company, my work and mission. Still loving the colour too.]

Moods, perspectives and plans.

2/4/22. Life feels grey and gloomy particularly in the news, but here’s hoping there may be light and blue skies to come. To new horizons.

A photo I took on 2 April 2022, that captures a moment and a mood.
To brighter times and a better future.

17/4/2022. Looking forward to walking through a ‘sea’ of bluebells soon. Life doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes we must just try and make the best of a situation and use our imagination…

Bluebell woods and me
Photo taken in May 2019 in a bluebell wood near to home in the UK. That’s me in the photo enjoying a magical moment in Nature’s Garden and a spot of ‘tree bathing’.

Getting out in Nature and a good dose of fresh air can help.

I hope it’s going to plan for you and if not, perhaps change the plans to try and stay positive.
Take care.
Happy holidays!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 17/4/22

26/4/22 Update.
Home Sweet Home! Finally, home after my original plans to be back in the UK with family for the holidays were thwarted by covid. It’s still around – we need to take care of ourselves and others; and behave responsibly. Proceeding with caution. Take care.

Science transcends borders and boundaries.

Science transcends borders and boundaries. Collaboration is important in science. Open access to information is preferable. Truthful communication and transparent reporting are essential.

Integrity is key!

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 20/03/22

A few thoughts on International Women’s Day 2022.

For International Women’s Day let’s pause for thought. From a moment of reflection* now it is time for thoughts to the future. What kind of world do we want for future generations?

I am feeling a sense of humility.

In troubling times we can see the worst and the best of humanity.

Having recently welcomed a third grandchild I am reminded of the strength and resilience of women in particular new mothers.

To all the amazing women in many different fields who I feel proud to know. The very visible people and the quieter people all doing their bit in troubling times in a complex world.

Here’s to resilience, hope and positivity.

by Dr Julie Charlesworth 08/03/22

(* See the link to my previous IWD blog ‘A moment for reflection’)

A global outlook and a refreshing start to 2022

It seemed timely for a global outlook, and for me an element of trust in science was needed (particularly for this photo taken recently at Expo Dubai).

Expo Dubai water feature

I recently embarked on a trip with several purposes. There will be more to come from me about this global event linking innovation, technology, art, and culture.

Meanwhile, I think this quick post is a refreshing change for the start of 2022 after feeling somewhat ‘washed out’.


by Dr Julie Charlesworth 18/01/22